ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

 

Chapter 4 - continued

(Peter Challenges Religious Leaders)

 

 

DAY ONE:

 

VERSE 10       Who did Peter accuse of killing Jesus?  _______________________________________

 

                        Who apparently showed up in court the next morning to boldly help defend Peter and John?  ________________________________

 

VERSE 11       Peter quoted David, who predicted about 1500 BC that builders would reject a stone that would be Jesus.  Who did he call the builders?  _________________________________

 

VERSE 12       There is no other ______________________ under heaven by which we must be saved.  That includes every other religious founder in the world.

 

VS. 13-15        (See John 11:48, pg. 99)  The Sanhedrin did not want this new Christianity to grow because they were afraid _______________________ will believe in Jesus, and then the ________________ will _____________________ ________________________ their jobs and perhaps even destroy their nation.

 

VS. 16-17        The same thing that kept them from harming Peter and John at this time is what kept them from harming Jesus for so long.  Look up Matthew 21:46, pg. 23.  What was that reason? _______________________________________

 

            b.         Jesus had warned just before his crucifixion that his disciples would be hated because the world _________________ Jesus __________________.  (See John 15:18, pg. 103)

 

VS. 18-20        When warned not to talk about Jesus any more, Peter and John replied that we should _______________ and not man. 

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  These were religious leaders Peter and John were talking to.  If religious leaders tell us something different than what Jesus said (adding to his commands or taking from his commands), should we blindly follow the religious leader?

 

VS. 21-22        For how long had the healed man been lame?  ______________________

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Surely there were many in the Temple that day who needed healing.  Why do you think Peter and John singled out this man?

 

 

DAY TWO:

 

VS. 23-24        Even church leaders need encouragement.  Where did Peter and John go to when they were released?

                        ______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

VS. 25-26        These followers of Jesus quoted one of the Psalms declaring that any nation that rages and plots against God do so in ________________.

 

            b.         By arresting, jailing, and harassing Peter and John, the rulers were arresting, jailing, and harassing God and his ___________________________ _______________.

           

                        NOTE:  In those days, the Jews inaugurated each new high priest and crowned each new king by anointing them.

 

VERSE 27       Herod was the governor of Galilee in the north part of Palestine where Jesus lived.  Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea in the southern part of Palestine where the Temple was.  They ________________ against _________________, God's anointed one.

 

VERSE 28       The Jews executed by stoning (John 10:31, pg. 98).  Yet, it had been prophesied centuries earlier that Jesus would be pierced (Zechariah 12:10 in the O.T.).  Only the Romans had the power to pierce or crucify as a means of death.  It was by God's _____________ and ______________ that this government would be in power when Jesus came.

 

VERSE 29       These early Christians knew that what people consider as threats, God can turn in to his good use.  Therefore they asked God to help them keep spreading the word about Jesus with great _______________________.

 

VERSE 30       Was the purpose of healing just to heal or to accomplish something else?  (Look up John 20:30 & 31, pg. 109.) __________________________

 

VERSE 31       Because the New Testament had not been written yet, the early Christians had to rely on external things to know they were in God's will.  God answered their prayer by making their meeting place __________________.

 

 

DAY THREE:

 

VERSE 32       The believers (they were not called Christians yet) loved each other so much that no one claimed his ___________________________ were his ______________, but _________________ everything they had.

 

 

VERSE 33       Who was it who displayed power as they testified that Jesus came back to life?  _________________________

 

VS. 34-37        Among those who sold possessions to help out poor believers was a Jew from the island of Cyprus named _______________________.  His name means ____________________.

 

                        Who in your life is being a personal Barnabus to you?  ____________________________

 

 

Chapter 5 - Pages 114 - 116

The Church's First Problem

 

VERSE 1         The previous chapter 4:34-37 explained how the early Christians made sure there were no needy ones in their group.  This was a kind of welfare program.  They sold their land from ____________ to ____________ (see 4:34), whenever more money was needed.

 

VERSE 2         Ana-nias and his wife, Sapph-ira, sold some property.  But with his wife's ____________ knowledge, he only took part of the money to the apostles.  That made her an accessory.

 

VERSE 3         Apparently Ana-nias had told the Apostles he was bringing the full amount.  Look ahead to verse 8.  Who did Peter say influences people to lie?  ___________

 

            b.         Who did Jesus call the Father of Liars?  (See John 8:44, pg. 95).  _________________

 

VERSE 4         Then Peter said Ana-nias had lied, not to ________________, but to ________________.

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VERSE 5-6      Ana-nias died through God's power.  Does this mean he went to hell?  Other godly people died at God's hand in the past.  For example....

 

            b.         Moses wanted to enter the promised land after leading the Jews for 40 years, but God told him he couldn't because of something he said that was a sin.  Yet, when Jesus needed encouragement shortly before his death, who appeared to him?  (See Matthew 17:2 & 3, pg. 17).  __________________________  In fact, in heaven, angels sing the Song of Moses (Revelation 15:3, pg. 236).

 

            c.         When we compare perhaps 80 years on earth with millions times millions of unending years in heaven, what are 20 years more or less?

 

                        In fact, Peter himself said many years later in 1 Peter 1:3 & 4 (pg. 215) that our inheritance is waiting for us in ________________.

 

VERSE 7         Wife Sapph-ira stopped in where the Apostles were how much later?  ____________________

 

VS. 8-10          Sapph-ira was stricken dead too.  Why?_____________________________________________________________

 

            b.         Peter, many years later in 1 Peter 2:17 (pg. 216) said we should _____ the __________________ of believers, fear ___________, and ____________ the king.

 

VERSE 11       Does this verse say anyone dropped out of the church because of God's punishment?  ________________________

 

VS. 12-13        Who continued to perform signs and wonders (miracles)?  ________________________

 

            b.         Who continued to meet in Solomon's Colonnade of the Temple?  __________________

 

            c.         Why do you think they met there?  (Recall Acts 3:11, pg. 113) __________________

 

                        NOTE:  It seems the Christians may have taken over that corner of the Temple.

 

VERSE 14       Did declaring the fear of God cause people to shy away from the church?  __________

 

VERSE 17       Although it never came out while Jesus was alive, apparently the high priest (a different Ananias than the Christian) was of the party of the ______________________________ who did not believe in the ______________________ (see Matthew 22:23, pg. ___).

 

                        NOTE:  Josephus, the Jewish historian, said the high priest Ananias's son, Ananias Jr. was a Sadducee (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 9:1).

 

            b.         How did they feel toward the crowds following the apostles?  _____________________

 

            c.         Who else had they been jealous of just a few months earlier?  (See Matthew 27:18, pg. 30).  _________________________________

 

 

DAY FIVE:

 

VS. 18-19        So this time they arrested all the _________________________.

 

            b.         Who set them free from jail during the night?  _____________________

 

VERSE 20       What did the angel tell the apostles to stubbornly do?  ____________________

                        ___________________________________

 

VERSE 21       Although they'd had a hard and eventful night, the apostles returned to the Temple to talk about Jesus when?  _________________________

 

VS. 22-24        NOTE:  The Sanhedrin was made up of 70 men from all over the country.  The original Sanhedrin was appointed two thousand years earlier by Moses (Numbers 11:16).  Over the centuries, this body had overall become corrupt.

 

                        When the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court) got to work the next day, they sent to the __________________ for the ________________, but they weren't there.

 

VS. 25-26        When they learned the apostles were back in the Temple, the Temple guard rounded up the apostles.  They did not use force on them because of who?  ___________________

 

VERSE 27       Jesus had predicted the apostles would testify before local ________, and before ________________ and ___________________ to tell about Jesus (Mark 13:9-10, pg. 47).

 

VERSE 28       The religious leaders with a false sense of righteous indignation told the apostles they were _______________ to make them ________________ of Jesus' blood. 

 

                        b.  Were they?  (See Matthew 27:20 & 25, pg. 30.)  ____ 

 

 

DAY SIX:

 

VERSE 29       When confronted by the religious leaders, what did Peter and the other apostles say they MUST do?  _________________________________

 

VERSE 30       Rather than back down, Peter faced the most powerful ruling body among the Jews and said God brought Jesus back from death "whom _____________ had ____________."

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  When confronted with our sins, how do we react?

 

VERSE 36       How many men did the rebel Theudas lead?  _______

 

                        NOTE:  Theudas persuaded a great part of the people to take their effects with them and follow him to the river Jordan; for he told them he was a prophet, and that he would, by his own command, divide the river and afford them any easy passage over it; and many were deluded by his words.  However, [the governor] did not permit them to make any advantage of his wild attempt, but sent a troop of horsemen out against them; who falling upon them unexpectedly, slew many of them, and took many of them alive.  They also took Theudas alive.  They also took Theudas alive, and cut off his head, and carried it to Jerusalem.  This is what befell the Jews.  Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, 5:1

 

VERSE 37       Who else else a revolt?  ____________________________________________________

 

                        "There was one Judas, a [Galilean]...became ZEALOUS to draw them to a revolt, who said that this taxation was no better than an introduction to slavery, and exhorted the nation to assert their liberty....All sorts of misfortunes also sprang from these men, and the nation was infected with this doctrine to an incredible degree; one violent war came upon us after another.  (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 28, Chapter 1, Verse 1).

 

VS. 38-39        This "diplomat," Ga-ma-liel, advised the Sanhedrin to let the Apostles go, because, if it is of ___________________ origin, it will _______________, but if it is from God, "You will ____________ be able to stop them."

 

                        One of the few honorable men in the Sanhedrin was Ga-ma-liel.  Later on, a future Apostle, Paul, said he'd grown up being taught by who?  (See Acts 22:3, pg. 134).

 

VS. 40-41        After being beaten and warned not to talk about Jesus any more, what kind of attitude did the Apostles have?  ________________________  Why?  _________________________

 

VERSE 42       Right after being beaten and warned not to talk about Jesus any more, where did the Apostles turn right around and return to? _____________ _______________________

 

            b.         Where else did they teach?  _______________________________________

 

                        NOTE:  There was no stopping these Apostles!  Look back at your notes on Acts 2:42.  These Apostles were ADDICTED.  They couldn't stop themselves!

 

                        A prophet 700 years earlier, Jeremiah, said this:  "But if I say, 'I will not mentioned him [God] or speak any more in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.  I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot" (Jeremiah 20:9).